June 19, 2013
The Real Reason the U.S. Fears Iranian Nukes
Posted on Oct 3, 2012
Iran wouldn’t be stupid enough to attack the United States or Israel with a nuclear bomb, Glenn Greenwald suggests in The Guardian. If it had such a weapon, it would be for the purpose of deterring American aggression.
That’s intolerable to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, “one of the U.S.’s most reliable and bloodthirsty warmongers,” Greenwald writes. At a talk in North Augusta, S.C., this week, Graham unwittingly revealed a rarely advertised reason American officials want to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of one of the most formidable states in the Middle East:
The second regime goal is “influence,” Graham added, as “people listen to you” when you have a nuclear weapon. “In other words,” Greenwald writes, “we cannot let Iran acquire nuclear weapons because if they get them, we can no longer attack them when we want to and can no longer bully them in their own region.”
Graham isn’t the only member of the policy establishment who wants to preserve the United States’ monopoly on atom-splitting force. Thomas Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute has confirmed the senator’s opinion. As Greenwald cites (emphasis his):
The United States has executed a belligerent foreign policy in most corners of the world over the past half century, with this last decade amounting to an attempt to outdo the previous five. In that time the Iranians have watched as the United States drove bulldozers over two dictatorships that abandoned the quest for nuclear weapons—Iraq and Libya. Would it come as a surprise then, Greenwald asks, if Iran wanted to take a different approach?
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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